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LA Maison D'UlysseLanguedoc-Roussillon, SW France
Escape the bustle of modern life at this gay-friendly, luxuriously renovated, 17th century farmhouse and now luxury boutique hotel/guesthouse. Once the home of poet and archeologist Ulysse Dumas, a heady mix of exceptional rooms, vineyard views, plentiful gardens and fine food awaits you.
This short film by French Channel 5 gives a taster (in French) Maison D'Ulysse.
Elegantly situated in a secluded spot in the village of Baron, (near Uzes and Pont du Gard) in the Gard (Languedoc-Roussillon region), in the south of France, this welcoming guesthouse feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, yet is driving distance away from numerous French destinations and attractions. Overlooked by the ruins of the Chateau de l'Arque and with views of vineyards and the green valley beyond, the immediate area offers peace, tranquility and space to breathe.
The region, as a whole, is steeped in history and culture - the Roman Arena in Nimes, the Hill of Hermitage and Pont du Gard are on the doorstep as are many more world famous sights. Close by, the historical town of Uzes, where you could check out the stunning 'window tower' (La tour fenestrelle) is only 11km from Baron, as is the undiscovered gem of Vezenobres set in fig and olive hills, where you'll find architecture and winding backstreets, dating from the 14th century. Then there is Nimes, only 24km away, where visiting the 2000 year-old amphitheatre among many other awe-inspiring sights is a must.
If you're more into people watching or indulging in the region's exquisite food and wine, there are cafes, markets, vineyards and restaurants aplenty - in Uzes, there's an amazing food market twice a week where you can stuff your shopping basket and your belly. For those who like to leap around a bit more, horse-riding, paragliding, sky-diving and hot-air ballooning are available - the property's owners, Guy and Gauthier will happily advise.
To reach La Maison d'Ulysse, you can fly in to Nimes airport, (approx 40 mins away), Montpellier International Airport (approx 60 mins away) or Marseille International Airport (approx 90 mins away).
About The Owners
Guy and Gauthier embody all that is French and stylish. They know this part of the world intimately and can help you find the best of whatever you are looking for. Twice a week in high season (once the rest of the year) Gauthier prepares an intimate table d'hotes (3 course meal) where guests get to experience the delights of his cooking, with many ingredients grown and harvested from their gardens, local wines and a superb atmosphere. Don’t miss it!
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